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entrepreneur

[ahn-truh-pruh-nur, -noo r; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr]
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noun, plural en·tre·pre·neurs [ahn-truh-pruh-nurz, -noo rz; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr] /ˌɑn trə prəˈnɜrz, -ˈnʊərz; French ɑ̃ trə prəˈnœr/.
  1. a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
  2. an employer of productive labor; contractor.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to deal with or initiate as an entrepreneur.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to act as an entrepreneur.
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Origin of entrepreneur

1875–80; < French: literally, one who undertakes (some task), equivalent to entrepren(dre) to undertake (< Latin inter- inter- + prendere to take, variant of prehendere) + -eur -eur. See enterprise
Related formsen·tre·pre·neur·i·al, adjectiveen·tre·pre·neur·i·al·ly, adverben·tre·pre·neur·i·al·ism, en·tre·pre·neur·ism, nounen·tre·pre·neur·ship, nounnon·en·tre·pre·neur·i·al, adjectivesem·i·en·tre·pre·neur·i·al, adjective
Can be confusedentrepreneur intrapreneur
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entrepreneur

noun
  1. the owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits
  2. a middleman or commercial intermediary
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Derived Formsentrepreneurial, adjectiveentrepreneurship, noun

Word Origin

C19: from French, from entreprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Word Origin and History for entrepreneurship

entrepreneur

n.

1828, "manager or promoter of a theatrical production," reborrowing of French entrepreneur "one who undertakes or manages," agent noun from Old French entreprendre "undertake" (see enterprise). The word first crossed the Channel late 15c. but did not stay. Meaning "business manager" is from 1852. Related: Entrepreneurship.

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entrepreneur

[(ahn-truh-pruh-nur, ahn-truh-pruh-noor)]

One who starts a business or other venture that promises economic gain but that also entails risks.

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